RSPCA's stimulus package advice

WHEN we finally get “Kevin Rudd's money,” the stimulus package which for most of us remains one of those “cheques in the mail,” the RSPCA says we should not forget our best friends.

RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty is urging us to think of our pets when spending the federal cash stimulus.

“There's no doubt that pets have been affected by the current recession,” he said yesterday.

“We've had a one hundred percent increase in the number of animals that have been surrendered, with people listing “can't afford” as the main reason.

“They're saying they can't afford veterinary treatment, de-sexing or even sufficient food for their pets.

“This bonus from the Government could make a real difference,” he said.

Mr Beatty said the Society was urging people to use the money wisely and seek veterinary treatments they may have been putting off.

Or perhaps now might be the time to have those animals de-sexed, micro-chipped and properly identified.

“They could also spend some on proper training and obedience classes.

“Here at the RSPCA we're all hoping that we will see a definite decrease in the number of animals surrendered and maybe an increase in the number taken home in the next few months.

“Forget buying that new plasma TV,” he said.

Gympie Times

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